Gostan Zarian

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Noyan Tapan
Armenians Today
Oct 27 2005

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 27, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. The exhibition that opened on October 26 at the National Library of Armenia is dedicated to the 120th anniversary of Diasporan writer Kostan Zarian. The exhibits include Kostan Zarian's all collected works, Russian, English and French translations of his works kept in library's depositories.

According to literary critic Yuri Khachatrian, Kostan Zarian is one of the writers whose life is like a novel. Living in Paris, Bulgaria, the US, Germany, he spent the last years of his life in his dreamt homeland, in Armenia. Zarian not only returned to his homeland but also learnt his native tongue in Venice and created in Armenian. K.Zarian entered the Armenian literature later, in 1922, by collected works under the title "Wreath of Days" published in Polis.

Kostan Zarian has left a great literary heritage but he is a little-studied writer in the Armenian literature. "If his works are published completely, they will make 20-25 volumes," the literary critic noted.

Zarian created both in the genres of prose and poetry, wrote literary critical and theater critical articles. The Diasporan writer entered the literature writing in foreign languages and became famous by his poem entitled "The Sorrow of the Earth and the Sorrow of the Heaven for Singing Three Songs." At first the poem was written in French but it was published in Italian. The "Tatragom Bride" poem published in 1930 in Boston brought fame to the writer.

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